A loaf of whole wheat bead with one slice sliced off and another loaf in the background.
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Honey Whole Wheat Bread

This delicious Honey Whole Wheat Bread is a healthy wheat bread recipe made with whole grains, honey, and Greek yogurt.  It's soft, moist and absolutely delicious!!
Prep Time1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 269kcal
Author: Lauren Allen

Ingredients

  • 6-7 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 3/4 cups + 2 Tablespoons very warm water
  • 1 1/4 Tablespoons instant yeast , or active dry yeast
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon vital wheat gluten *
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter , melted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurts

Instructions

  • Add 4.5 cups wheat flour and yeast to the bowl of a stand mixer and stir to combine. 
  • Add warm water and mix. Cover and allow to rise for 15 minutes.
  • Add vital wheat gluten, salt, melted butter, honey, Greek yogurt and mix well. 
  • Add remaining 1 1/2 cups of flour and mix the dough until it begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. It should be slightly sticky when touched. 
  • Knead the dough with your mixer for 5 minutes (or for at least 10 minutes if you're kneading it by hand).
  • Spray two 9×5″ bread pans with non-stick cooking spray. I also like to line the bottom of the pans with wax or parchment paper. Also spray your countertop and hands. 
  • Turn the dough out onto your counter and divide it into two equal pieces. Press each portion into a rectangle about 9 inches on the long side. 
  • Roll them into logs and place in your prepared pans. Spray plastic wrap with non-stick cook spray and cover the pans. Allow the bread to rise for about an hour, or until the dough is rounded over the tops of the pans.
  • Place both bread pans on the middle rack of your cold oven. Turn the oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 30-38 minutes, until the tops are golden. 
  • Remove from oven and smooth a stick of cold butter over the tops of the hot bread. Remove from pans and allow to cool. 

Notes

*Vital wheat gluten can be found in the making aisle at the grocery store.
Since whole wheat flour is a low-protein flour, the gluten helps to enhance the elasticity and light fluffy texture of the bread. I think it's essential in making really good whole wheat bread. 
*Recipe adapted from Bosch
 

Nutrition

Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 587mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2.2mg